Notes to editors
The application process is open until 20 September 2013 and winners will be notified in early 2014 if they have won.
Please note that spokespeople are available for interview, we can also provide case studies from previous winners and photographs. For further information or interviews, please contact Saskia Kendall at The King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2603 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards
The awards are open to charities with an income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.
This year £340,000 in prize money will be awarded to charities by the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are ten GSK IMPACT Award winners who win £30,000 each, and ten runners up who receive £3,000 each. An overall winner will be awarded an additional £10,000 at the award ceremony in May 2014 at the Science Museum.
Since its inception in 1997, more than 300 community health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling over £5 million.
Along with the prize money, winners receive leadership training run by The King’s Fund, publicity, high-quality films and national recognition of their innovative work. They also have access to the development network where previous winners learn and support one another.
Notes to editors
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.
GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
- The NHS spends around £3.4 billion a year on services provided by charities.
- An estimated 3 million people volunteer in health and social care, playing a vital role in delivering services and becoming an increasingly important part of the care team. For more information please read The King’s Fund volunteering report
- Research by NCVO found that a quarter of third sector organisations are involved in the provision of adult health and social care services. Small, local charities are often best placed to understand the needs of the UK’s increasingly diverse population. They can often respond more flexibly and innovatively than large public sector providers. (Please see Clark J, Dobbs J, Kane D, Wilding K (2009:. The State and the Voluntary Sector. London: National Council for Voluntary Organisations)
- However, recent research from The King’s Fund found that financial pressures are undermining volunteering. Income streams are more uncertain and small charities do not have the diversity of funding that larger charities do.
- The development programme with The King’s Fund will help to equip these excellent charities with the skills to maintain and continue their success in the future.